run circles around (someone)

run circles around (someone)

1. To move much faster than someone else. I'm sure you could run circles around me at this stage; I'm so out of shape!
2. To greatly outclass or outperform someone in some activity. Her presentation on the way molecules bind together was so polished and well researched—she absolutely ran circles around the other students. The reigning champions are running circles around their fatigued opponents as we head into the fourth quarter.
See also: around, circle, run

run circles around someone

 and run rings around someone
Fig. to outrun or outdo someone. (Alludes to someone who runs fast enough to run in circles around a competitor and still win the race.) John is a much better racer than Mary. He can run circles around her. Mary can run rings around Sally.
See also: around, circle, run

run circles around someone

If you run circles around someone, you are much better than them at a particular activity, and can easily beat them. Try and make a property deal with a Majorcan farmer and he'll run circles around a Wall Street broker. Young companies are running circles around their older, richer, slower rivals.
See also: around, circle, run, someone